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Disney Phases Out Electrical Parade

February 5, 2001

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) _ Walt Disney World is pulling the plug _ for a second time _ on its popular nightly Main Street Electrical Parade.

The 20-minute parade will have its last run at the Magic Kingdom on April 1. It will be replaced by SpectroMagic, a nighttime show that is returning to the park on April 2, featuring holographic images, fiber optics and liquid-nitrogen smoke.

The Main Street Parade is a procession of Disney characters, including Snow White and Alice in Wonderland, who are brought to life among shimmering colored lights.

The procession began at Disney World in 1977, then moved to Disneyland Paris after 15 years at the Florida theme park. It returned to Disney World in 1999 with 575,000 new lights.

Although popular, the Main Street Electrical Parade needed to be replaced, Disney spokeswoman Donna Jones said last week.

SpectroMagic was designed in 1991 to replace the then-Paris-bound Main Street Electrical Parade.